45th Annual Meeting

November 30 – December 2, 2017
Diplomat Resort & Spa
Hollywood, Florida

Watch the CSRS website for information on how to register.



  • President: Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS President Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS
  • Annual Program Chair: Alpesh A. Patel, MD, FACS Annual Program Chair Alpesh A. Patel, MD, FACS
  • Local Host: Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS Local Host Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS

Program Committee:

Alpesh A. Patel, MD, FACS, Scientific Program Chair

D. Greg Anderson, MD
Nitin N. Bhatia, MD
Erica F. Bisson, MD
Hans-Ulrich Bueff, MD
Ezaequiel Cassinelli, MD
Clinton J. Devin, MD
Mitchell B. Harris, MD
Serena S. Hu, MD
Brian K. Kwon, MD, PhD
Joon Yung Lee, MD
Praveen Mummaneni, MD
Ahmad Nassr, MD
Sheeraz A. Qureshi, MD, MBA
Kristen E. Radcliff, MD
Lee H. Riley, III, MD
P. Bradley Segebarth, MD
Justin Smith, MD, PhD
Leo R. Spector, MD
Brian W. Su, MD
Clifford B. Tribus, MD
Jean-Paul Wolinsky, MD
Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS(ex-officio)
Louis G. Jenis, MD (ex-officio)

The AAOS financial disclosure website is available for updates.

Disclosure Website

7th Annual Henry Bohlman Presidential Guest Speaker

  • : Paul Deegan Paul Deegan

Friday, December 2 in Frontenac Ballroom

Paul Deegan, Motivational and Leadership Expert, Everest Mountaineer and Award-Winning Author

After proposing and co-leading the original Everest cleanup expedition when he was just 18 years old, Paul Deegan turned his back on a career in refuse collection and instead made two unsuccessful attempts to climb the world’s highest mountain. One of these expeditions took place during the worst disaster in Everest’s history—the 1996 Into Thin Air storm. Rocked by the deaths of 11 climbers, Deegan vowed never to go back to the mountain.

But several years later, a chance encounter with a legendary mountaineer, Anatoli Boukreev, impelled Deegan to break his promise and return to Everest in a final attempt to reach the top. Deegan’s multifarious adventures include a journey along an iced-over Himalayan river in a gorge deeper than the Grand Canyon, a voyage to the rarely visited Nicobar Islands, and a stint at a scientific research station on the frozen Arctic Ocean.

On the eve of the 21st century, Deegan led an expedition to what the BBC described as “one of the world’s last unexplored ranges”—the Eastern Pamirs on the borders of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and China.

Dozens of publications ranging from The Times of London to Geographical (the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society) have published hundreds of Deegan’s expedition, travel and environmental stories. His first book, The Mountain Traveller’s Handbook, received an award at the U.S. National Outdoor Book Awards.

Program Objectives:

  • Discuss new developments and techniques.
  • Present the results of current cervical spine research data.
  • Foster research concerning the diagnosis and treatment of cervical spine injury and disease.
AM Preliminary Program E-Poster Catalogue E-Poster Guidelines

Who should attend:

The 2016 Annual Meeting is intended for practicing physicians, residents and fellows, both orthopaedic and neurosurgeons who have an interest in cervical spine disorders.

Dr. Fehling’s local host invitation letter.

Visa Information download Letter of Invitation here.

Registration information:

Online Registration is Now Closed. Please register on site at the Westin Harbour Castle, Frontenac Ballroom Foyer.

Annual Meeting, December 1-3
Included continental breakfasts, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks, and CME credit.

Active Member (dues must be paid before registering): $100.00
Senior, Corresponding or European Members$700.00
Non-Members: $1,100.00
Resident/Fellow, Allied Health: $450.00*

*Letter from Chief of Service or copy of ID required to obtain discounted fee.

NOTE: Workshops are filled and will not be available for on site registration.

NEW – Optional Non-CME Industry Workshops/Symposia, Thursday, December 1 from 12:00pm-3:30pm.  No fee, lunch included.  Choose from one of the following to attend:

  • Biologics and biomaterials in cervical spine surgery presented by DePuy Synthes and CSRS faculty
  • Cervical disc arthroplasty I & cervical myelopathy I presented by LDR Spine, Zimmer Biomet, and CSRS faculty
  • Cervical disc arthroplasty II presented by Medtronic and CSRS faculty
  • Cervical spinal deformity and complex osteotomies presented by NuVasive and CSRS faculty
  • Cervical myelopathy II presented by Globus Medical and CSRS faculty

Spouse/Guest Registration – $100.00
Includes: Breakfast Thurs – Sat & Thurs evening reception.

Optional Spouse/Guest luncheon (tbd) Friday,  Dec 2 – $25.00

Other Education Opportunities...

Instructional Course, November 30
Included continental breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks, and CME credit.

Active, Senior, Corresponding or European Members: $400.00
Non-Members: $450.00
Resident/Fellow, Allied Health: $350.00*

*Letter from Chief of Service or copy of ID required to obtain discounted fee.



Online meeting registration Meeting Registration form PDF

CME Credits:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Cervical Spine Research Society.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Westin Harbour Castle
1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON, M5J 1A6, Canada
Phone: (416) 869-1600
~ located on the shores of Lake Ontario, steps away from the Downtown Core via the PATH, Toronto’s underground covered walkway.

IMPORTANT UPDATE 11/7/16: The contracted cut-off date for reserving rooms at the Westin Harbour Castle has passed. Availability is limited and rooms must be booked with a 3-night minimum stay at $265 CAD per night plus tax. Reservations may be booked directly with the Westin using the following link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/CSRS16 or by phone at +1 888 627 8559. Mention the CSRS meeting to receive this rate.

A small block of rooms has been made available at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, 123 Queen Street W, a short walk from the Westin Harbour Castle. Please use the following link to make your reservation: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/CK27AE or phone +1 888 627 7175 to reserve your accommodations. The rate is $245 CAD per night plus tax.

Please do not book though an outside agency. CSRS has not contracted with any housing bureau or company for room reservations.  Notify us if you are contacted by an independent group or groups for housing.

Hotel Reservations

Discounted Toronto attractions.

See the best of Toronto with CityPASS.  You’ll see the best attractions the area has to offer, hand-picked and packaged into an easy-to-use ticket booklet that’ll save you time and money. CityPASS is valid for 9 days starting with the first day of use, so there’s no need to rush; you’ll have plenty of time to experience Toronto at your own pace.

Travel Infomation:

Air travel
Pearson International Airport (YYZ) – Travel time between the destinations is approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the traffic. Union Pearson Express: UP Express will provide reliable, predictable service between Union Station and Toronto Pearson in just 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes. Taxi, bus and rental car services are also available from Pearson International Airport to the Downtown Toronto core.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) – Westin is conveniently located less than 3 kilometers/1.9 miles from The Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Travel time between the destinations is approximately 10 minutes. Taxis are around $10 per trip. From Bathurst Street, Porter provides its passengers with a complimentary ferry service to the airport.

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